A happy birthday to President Barack Obama who turns 50 today! While Obama is known as being one of the fittest and most athletic presidents we've had in office (the whole family is, really!), he's not immune to aging and stress.
It's been well documented over the years that the world's most stressful job — acting as president of the United States — ages those in office a little faster than you'd expect. Just look at the photos of Obama and other presidents before coming in office and then after. The effects are incredible!
The connection between stress and aging is real. In 2004, researchers from the University of California at San Francisco found that chronic stress can shrivel the tips of bundles of genes inside cells, which shortens their life span and increases the body's deterioration. Additionally, chronic stress has been shown to negatively affect the brain, including causing brain cell dysfunction, killing brain cells, and causing atrophy of the brain.
This is why taking time to relax and recharge is so important for our overall health and wellbeing. Thankfully, Obama has those regular workouts to help him de-stress a little. Aging stress, be gone!
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.